Ignacio Prego, Class of 2014
Hometown: Madrid, Spain
Career highlights: First prize winner at the 2012 Westfield International Harpsichord Competition; The English Concert in America Fellowship (2014); recordings for Verso, Piccolo, Cantus Records, Glossa; latest recording The Complete French Suites was listed as one of the 10 best recordings of April 2015 in Scherzo magazine. Concerto soloist or solo recitalist at St. Martin in the Fields, the Oregon Bach Festival and the Portland Baroque Orchestra, at the Chicago Music Festival, and the Frick Collection in New York.
Juilliard memory: One of my many great memories while I was at Juilliard, maybe the most special one, is one of the concerts we did during our Japan tour playing Bach's B-Minor Mass under Masaaki Suzuki. The concert happened in Sendai, and the tsunami disaster of 2011 was still very close. Because of that, I think there was a special aura during that tour, and in that specific concert I had one of my most amazing musical experiences ever.
Beiliang Zhu, Class of 2011
Instrument: Baroque cello and viola da gamba
Hometown: Shanghai, China
Career highlights: 2015 Arthur Foote Prize; 2012 First Prize and Audience Prize at International Bach Competition in Leipzig; 2014 solo recital in BachFest Leipzig; 2013 solo recital in Seoul Bach Festival.
Juilliard memory: Ah, so many. I would say that the most unexpected was to find the faculty to be uncommonly hip, not just because they are into "historically informed performance," but because they are real and colorful people. Instead of feeling awkward and serious, I felt that I was in a family: no matter what happened we all belonged together. For me, this sense brought new meaning to music, which no longer acted simply as a means to prove one's talent but truly a way of communicating that far surpasses any words.
Kyle Miller, Class of 2014
Instrument: Baroque viola
Hometown: Mohnton, Pennsylvania
Career highlights: Performances with ACRONYM, Apollo's Fire, the Bach Players of Holy Trinity, Carmel Bach Festival, Clarion Orchestra, Diderot String Quartet (founding member), The English Concert, Les Arts Florissants, New York Baroque Incorporated, the Sebastians, and Trinity Baroque Orchestra; 2015 English Concert American Fellow.
Juilliard memory: Playing in an outdoor ping-pong tournament at midnight in the French countryside when I played in William Christie’s summer music festival.
Adriane Post, Class of 2011
Instrument: Baroque violin
Originally from: Vermont
Career Highlights: Performances in the Spain, Austria, the U.K. and France, and during the 2014-15 season at Carmel Bach Festival, Spoleto, Tanglewood and the BBC Proms in London. Appearances with Les Arts Florissants and members of the English Concert; violinist with Apollo’s Fire; founding member of the Diderot String Quartet.
Juilliard memory: Chamber music coaching with Jordi Savall on a Bach cantata, when he stopped us to say almost in a whisper how meaningful this music is to him. It was a reminder to me how lucky we are to be musicians, and to never forget how powerful music can be.
Pippa Macmillan, Class of 2014
Instrument: Baroque double bass
Hometown: London, England
Career highlights: Haydn’s The Creation with Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sir Mark Elder; Bach's B-Minor mass with The English Concert and Harry Bicket at the BBC Proms; Good Friday St. Matthew Passion performance with Gabrieli Consort and Players and Paul McCreesh in Aix-en-Provence. Recently appointed Professor of Double Bass at the Royal College of Music, London.
Juilliard memory: Definitely the opportunity to perform as soloist with J415 in Alice Tully…especially having my very own dressing room: a first and probably a last!
Joan Plana, Class of 2011
Instrument: Baroque violin
Hometown: Lleida, Catalonia
Career Highlights: Baroque violin recital at the Forbidden City (Shanghai); guest conductor and concertmaster, Baroque Band (Chicago); Music Director of L’Académie (Boston); former member of European Union Baroque Orchestra. Founding member of Concitato.
Juilliard memory: The day we all sat down on the 4th floor (next to the windows) and we chose together to call the baroque orchestra Juilliard415.
Michael Unterman, Class of 2014
Instrument: Baroque cello
Hometown: Boston, MA
Career highlights: Cellist with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, New Vintage Baroque, A Far Cry, and Callithumpian Consort. Acting principal cello with Les Arts Florissants in William Christie’s summer festival in France, and with Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver (2014). Performances with the Bishop's Band at the Hispanic Society of America and on the Twelfth Night Festival at Trinity Church (2014).
Juilliard memory: There are so many! I guess I'd have to go with receiving tacit approval from Masaaki Suzuki to get all chordalicious on the Evangelist recits in the St. John Passion. And just that whole experience of playing that piece with him. Actually, equally as memorable was watching my Juilliard415 colleagues from the audience perspective in their performance of the St. Matthew Passion. One of my all-time most memorable concerts.
Priscilla Herreid, Class of 2011
Instrument: Baroque oboe
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Career Highlights: Playing renaissance winds on Broadway for Twelfth Night and Richard III, premiering my father's piece (Kile Smith's Vespers, written for Piffaro and The Crossing); touring Bolivia with a program of New World music, including newly unearthed Bolivian polyphony; getting to play almost every Bach cantata over the last five years with Trinity Baroque Orchestra. Being invited to play in William Christie’s summer festival for three years in a row.
Juilliard memory: Having a fabulous time playing with Juilliard415 in Madrid, despite getting food poisoning!